We decided today we wanted to relax. On our way to the resort town Lapta we wanted to take a look at the castle, the old harbor and whatever interesting we can find in Kyrenea (Girne). It was so hot that only the light breeze near the sea could save us.
This was also our second attempt to visit the third of the three big castles. On our first attempt we missed the exit from the highway. Today’s attempt failed due to military trainings. Our third attempt would be the following day on our way back to the Greek part of the island.
So we reached our hotel in Lapta just in time for lunch and nap. When we woke up the seas were furious, flooding the inner swimming pool and the sunset was near… Pictures were painted in front of our eyes and asked the camera to snapshot them to our photo memories.
In those romantic circumstances it wasn’t hard to progress to our dinner while enjoying the Turkish hospitality and service.
Our table was filled by delicious dishes in no time. We practiced our sommeliers’ skills to indulge with Turkish fresh and light white wine. We had to taste the specially prepared for us shisha mix. So we were smiling and walking back to our hotel, just in time to catch a women volleyball game between Bulgaria and Turkey.
It was late, but still very hot, so we open the door facing the sea and listened to the waves. Calmed down we fell asleep to gain strength and good karma, so that maybe our third attempt for the St. Hillarion Castle would be successful.
And it was! This time the military training was still on, but they let us in. We finally saw the castle. Our first impression was: „Are we in Cyprus? Why do we see the Great Wall of China then?“. The castle is so well-preserved after centuries of battles, glory and knights leaving their marks on it. To us the most intriguing part was those views that revealed themselves with every step climbed. The castle is 732m above sea level and shows you tremendous views of the area.
|A little zoom can ruin every secret.|
|Military training zone. Guns shooting.|